Are there HDMI cables for Macs?

Connect Mac via HDMI

Mac computers can be connected to HD televisions, displays, or other HDMI devices using HDMI cables or adapters.

All Mac computers with the following ports can be connected to HDMI devices. Check out how to identify the ports on your Mac.

Mac computers with an HDMI port support HDMI 1.4b and:

  • At least 1080p video output over HDMI; certain Mac models support even higher resolutions when connected to 4K displays, 5K displays, and Ultra HD TVs
  • 8-channel 24-bit audio at 192 kHz, Dolby Surround 5.1 and conventional stereo output
  • HDCP-encrypted playback via iTunes and QuickTime Player (version 10). Safari in macOS Sierra or later also supports HDCP-encrypted playback on HTML5-enabled websites with FairPlay streaming-enabled content that is provided via media source extensions or HTTP streaming.

If you are using an adapter, please refer to its specifications for the supported resolutions and other details.

After connecting

If the Mac doesn't recognize the connected HDTV, display, or HDMI device:

  1. Leave the Mac on and turn off the HDMI device.
  2. Disconnect and reconnect the HDMI cable from your Mac.
  3. Turn on the HDMI device.

If the image on your high definition television or display protrudes from the edges of the screen, open the Monitors preferences and adjust the Underscan slider until the image fits. You can open the "Monitors" system setting as follows:

  • Choose Apple menu ()> System Preferences, then click Monitors.
  • Press Shift-Command-A to open the Applications folder. Double click on "System Preferences", then click on "Monitors".
  • If your keyboard has lightness keys, press either Option-Lighter or Option-Darker.

If the HDMI device is not receiving sound from your Mac:

If your Mac goes to sleep while video is playing or paused, you may see an HDCP error. If so, close the app that is playing the video and open it again. If the problem persists, choose Apple menu> System Preferences, click Energy Saver, and adjust the settings so your display won't turn off.

additional Information

  • If your Mac has an HDMI port, you can use the Apple HDMI to DVI adapter to connect it to a DVI display.
  • Mac computers do not support CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) to control HDMI devices.

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